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Getting Started on DeviantArt

Wed Feb 17, 2016, 4:56 PM

Hello and welcome! :wave:


If you've found this guide, then there's a good possibility you are new to DeviantArt. If that is the case, then welcome to the internet's largest art community! If you're not new to the community, you might still be interested (especially if you scroll to the bottom). Over at DAWelcomeWagon, we're thrilled that you decided to become a member. The group page has many wonderful resources for you to take advantage of. There is even an associated chat room called #welcome for you to hang out in and meet some deviants ("deviants" are what we call DA's members) both new and old.

We don't want you to feel too confused while you're getting to know the website and community. It's a big place with countless ways to share your deviations (your creations) and find artwork to inspire you. So we put together this helpful Getting Started on DeviantArt guide to connect you with a number of helpful tutorials that will assist you in beginning your artistic journey with us! Follow the links below to learn all the things a new deviant needs to know.

Each page is set up with a Home, Next, and Back button so you can easily follow and enjoy this miniature tour of DeviantArt's features. So, what are you waiting for? Time to explore!

Have fun learning and exploring! Each page will contain helpful links to tutorials and articles to help you dive right into the community. For the more experienced members of DeviantArt who happen across this guide, we would love for you to send DAWelcomeWagon links to some of the tutorials you love. Let's make this guide a community-wide project!

You might want to get started here... there are a lot of terms used on DeviantArt and this glossary should help define them for you!

Learn DA LingoHi! Whether you're a veteran of the community or a brand new member, there is a LOT to remember about DeviantArt. Founded in 2000, this website has transformed its corner of the internet into a busy, thriving, and ever-changing community... And with that comes a LOT of terms to remember! This index was made for inclusion in the Getting Started on DeviantArt guide and will hopefully be a useful reference to those who are just getting to know our artistic internet home. :heart:
The guide is built alphabetically with handy letter links directly below if you want to jump ahead. This guide could even develop further as more people think of terms! Do you know a DeviantArt-exclusive term that is popular around the community and fits this guide? Please leave a comment with the word or phrase and a brief definition and you might see it added in the future!
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If you ever have a question or need some guidance, don't hesitate to send a note to DAWelcomeWagon, stop by the #welcome chat room, or file a help desk ticket. 

Skin by Dan Leveille
Welcome to DAWelcomeWagon's 6-part guide to getting started on DeviantArt. Complete with links to tutorials from experienced community members. 
*Update 9/17/17* Thanks to a recent Community Week at projecteducate, I had a couple great resources to add to the guide! As always, a huge shoutout the community writers who put every article in this guide together. It wouldn't be here without you!

Side note. HOLY CRAP. I never could have imagined the popularity of this guide growing so massively. You all rock and WELCOME TO THE NEWBIES! :heart:

*Update 8/10/16*
With your support this guide has become a great resource for DA's new community members, woo! Thank you! I updated the header for each section, nothing insane, just a bit of color :giggle: But we also need MORE TUTORIALS! So if you come across tutorials that fit the subject of the sections in our guide, please send the links to us in a note to DAWelcomeWagon group!
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Roymillersinn Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Filmographer
favoritsaya Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Hi, I wanna ask. How can I know my lamma badge on app version ?? I can't find it T_T
Bigdog231 Featured By Owner May 3, 2018  Student Digital Artist
JenFruzz Featured By Owner May 4, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Koushoku-jin Featured By Owner May 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave:   Senpai, I'm just dropping by with a Weekday Huggie for you~:heart:

JenFruzz Featured By Owner May 3, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
:wave: :hug:
Johnsolix Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Hi, I want to start commissiong, and I really don't know how, but I need to know, does origami count as art? Can it be sold here?
JenFruzz Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I believe there is a paper craft category in Artisan Crafts, so yes that would be fine here!
Johnsolix Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks a lot!
lampbo Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks alot :D . It's so helpful. And also I haven't  much friend on this community . could we be friend Nyaice Cuppa Nyaice Cuppa 
JenFruzz Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome to DA! :D Hopefully the tips in here will help you get started :D
gold-R Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
hi guys 

i'v been on this website for almost a year now and still don't know the heck i'm doing  
Grazemasque Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018
That just fills me with confidence :icongold-r: since I joined only yesterday. At least this chat page has a few comments, all the others are blank for me.
gold-R Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
first of all welcome to deviant art:)

and i hope you have fun
JenFruzz Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Hopefully this guide will help!
gold-R Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
i hope too and i'll try my best ^v^
NekoPazzta Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question. How do you start a donation pool on your da page using android?
Artphotography26 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi all...!
PiratePoo Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a question. I’ve had DA for a while but I still couldn’t figure this one out. So, I dont know if the app version has something to do with this but how in the world do you use
Stamps, Emotions (I know the :) :D :( but that’s it), and icons. Fwi, I am on the app version but if you do know, please tell me because I really want to use them.
JenFruzz Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It helps to know the code for the emoticon you want to use. Regular smileys like ones you posted are easy because they are just : and ) or : and D or : and (. But some require words inside colons. Like :stare: is : stare : (no spaces). 
PiratePoo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you get the code?
KRR777 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017  Student General Artist
Extremely helpful guide for a total beginner.  Thanks.
MoMoDragonPuff Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017  Student
JenFruzz Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
This is adorable :stare:
pulbern Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 18, 2017  Professional General Artist
Somewhere along the way I was asked to help welcome new deviantARTISTS. At least once a week I get a notice from the powers that be with three new users to go welcome.
So I've been doing that. I always send them this way!
Through this system I've also been able to identify and report spam accounts, which the dA team is quite good at deleting them in a timely fashion
UszatyArbuz Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017   Digital Artist
Great.. uh "project" since it's not a single article :giggle:
I hope it's okay if I'll be sending newbies there when welcoming new ones :B
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
good stuff for the newbies
pearwood Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool. I always refer new users to DAWelcomeWagon 
JenFruzz Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Much appreciated! :la:
PotatoGuybdb Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Oh!!thanks, this will help me a lot. s2
s2 I hope we can trade exp together s2
smirailing Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
i m new and this was helpful
Yinthealolachampion Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Student
This was so helpful 
Kaitlynoo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love to meet new people on DA! I love helping them, giving them advice, commenting on their cool and unique art, love being nice and honest, and most importantly - Being their Bud! 💖💖💖💖💖💖 
DorianShoots Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Professional Photographer
Honestly, I agree a little bit on ALPHAGREY17 even though I didn't join years ago.
CrispyGurl Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i joined years ago but didn't know how to operate it so i left it alone, hope i can understand it better now.
o0cosmiclatte0o Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really wish I had seen this earlier. Thanks so much for this; though I saw it like three months after I joined lmao
JenFruzz Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
iFuntimeRoxanne Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
DeboraSagiri Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2017
22pops Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! This will help me since i just started on Saturday! <3
carlos7639 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
hi everybody!!!! im another noobie.... i was just wondering when i submit artwork is it instantaneous? or maybe i just uploaded it to narnia!!!!! 
JenFruzz Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It is instant :D
RavenWolf48 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I wrote a chapter of a story and I want to write another- but it's not giving me that option. How can I do what I want? 
JenFruzz Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You would probably find it easier to just start a new deviation for each new chapter. :D
RavenWolf48 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AnOriginalZero Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, I can already tell this is going to be so useful for a new deviant like me. 
AzuriFire Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks, this will be useful.
LonelyPanart Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Hobbyist
Thank you, this is quite useful!
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BETA TEST: DeviantArt Eclipse

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The time has finally come: were excited to announce DeviantArt Eclipse to beta testers. Take a look at the new design and some of the new features on our promo site. How To Try DeviantArt Eclipse

Now its time for you all to experience it! All beta testers have been enabled with DeviantArt Eclipse. To make the switch simply click on the More menu on the top navigation and select Try DeviantArt Eclipse.You can switch back to the old site by clicking on the avatar icon and selecting Back to Old Version.

Explore Whats New

We cant wait for you to explore some of our awesome new features! We recommend starting off by selecting Header Art in order to personalize your Profile and make a wow! first impression.

After youve done that, elevate your art by choosing a deviation background (Core Members have more background options to select from as well). Expand your watch list and community outreach by browsing status updates and polls. Experiment with the new Love Meter to indicate how much a certain work of art matches your personal taste. Go on and explore, Beta Testers!

Reporting Bugs, Feature Requests, and Feedback

DeviantArt Eclipse is still in development. You will likely encounter bugs and unfinished features. We need your help to test out our new features! If you do find any issues, please let us know.

Submit a bug or feature request (submit to this form as many times as youd like!)Please try to include as much information as possible, such as browser info, OS info, screenshots, links, reproduction steps, what you expected to see versus what you actually experienced, and anything else you think will help describe your issue.Please do not contact DeviantArt Support about Eclipse-related bugs or issues wed like to collect all bugs and feedback though this form.Submit your overall feedback about DeviantArt Eclipse

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We are still working on the favouriting and collecting experience. Please share your feedback!Its not yet possible to include Literature and Journal thumbs in comments or galleries within Journals.Icon codes are in development.Sharing a thumbnail in a Journal or comment using a link (or :thumb: code) is not yet possible.Thumbnails of pixel art, stamps, and small images have some display issues. Literature thumbs do not include preview text.Various feedback notifications (such as certain types of replies and deviation mentions) are not yet completed and may display as an error.Feedback will sometimes get out of order after scrolling through many notifications.Minor formatting issues in new Journal text editor.Bio and personal information are not yet editable on Eclipse.Gallery Subfolders and Gallery Stats will be temporarily unavailable as we rebuild them in the future.The mobile web version is not yet available.Comment permalinks don't include links to the original content or parent comment. Submitting Journals to Groups is not yet possible. While creating or editing Commissions, the Points-currency conversion is not being calculated properly. (This is just a visual bug; the price of Points is not changing.)

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